Concise Encyclopedia of Tufts History

Sauer, Anne

Branco, Jessica

Bennett, John

Crowley, Zachary


Hauck, Frederick H.,


Frederick H. Hauck, A1962, former commander of NASA's space shuttle Discovery, is an alumni trustee and tenth recipient of the Presidential Medal (1985).

Hauck studied at the St. Alban's School in Washington, D.C. before entering Tufts University. The son and grandson of Navy men, Hauck participated in theNavy Reserve Training Course as an undergraduate, served as president of the Tower Cross, was a student council representative, and a member of Delta Upsilon fraternity. Hauck owned a motorcycle while living on campus, which was considered to be a rare occurrence at the time. After graduating with a B.S. in physics in 1962, Hauck earned a M.S. in nuclear engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

He began his aerospace career as a Navy pilot when he was twenty-five years old. He flew 114 missions in Vietnam and won nine Air Medals. In 1972, he was named outstanding test pilot of the Navy. Hauck was selected for NASA's astronaut program in 1978, piloting his first shuttle flight in 1983.In 1984, he commanded the first space salvage mission in history, returning two malfunctioning satellites to earth.

In November 1984, Hauck was appointed Associate Administrator for External Relations at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D. C.The following year he returned to the astronaut program, commanding the first post-Challenger accident flight of the space shuttle Discovery. Hauck left NASA in 1989 to join the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations at the Pentagon as Director of Navy Space Systems Division.

In 1990, Hauck became president of AXA Space, which provides property insurance coverage for telecommunication satellites during launch and in orbit. He was made CEO of the company in 1993. He was tapped the same year by NASA to serve on the Advisory Committee on the Redesign of the Space Station. In 1998, Hauck was named as fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

In 1985, Tufts awarded Hauck the Presidential Medal, the tenth to be bestowed in the course of the institution's history. At the time, he returned a flag with the Tufts Seal to President Mayer, after it hadtraveled 2.9 million nautical miles, 127 times around the globe on the space shuttle. He then presented a public lecture on advancements in the space program, inaugurating the Distinguished Alumni Lecture Series. In 1992, he was elected to a ten year term as an alumni trustee on the university's board of trustees.

Source: TC, Spring/Summer 1992; TD, October 11, 1988; PRN, May 7, 1998; NYT, June 19, 1983; UPI, February 19, 1985; NASA, April 1, 1993; NASA, March 23, 1989

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Dame, Lorin Low, 1838-1903
Dana, Charles A., 1881-1975
Dana Laboratory, 1963
Daniel Ounjian Prize in Economics,
Davies, Caroline Stodder, 1864-1939
Davies House, 1894
De Florez Prize in Human Engineering, 1964
de Pacheco, Kaye MacKinnon, ca. 1910-ca. 1985
Dean Hall, 1887-1963
Dean, Oliver, 1783-1871
Dearborn, Heman Allen, 1831-1897
Department of Anatomy and Cellular Biology, 1893
Department of Anesthesia, 1970
Department of Art and Art History, 1930
Department of Biochemistry, 1893
Department of Chemistry, 1882
Department of Community Health, 1930
Department of Dermatology, 1897
The Department of Economics, 1946
Department of Medicine, 1893
Department of Molecular Biology and Microbiology
Department of Neurology, 1893
Department of Neuroscience, 1983
Department of Neurosurgery, 1951
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 1893
Department of Ophthamology, 1893
Department of Orthopedic Surgery, 1906
Department of Otolaryngology, 1895
Department of Pathology, 1893
Department of Pediatrics, 1930
Department of Pharmacology, 1915
Department of Physics and Astronomy, 1854
Department of Physiology, 1893
Department of Psychiatry, 1928
Department of Radiation Oncology, 1968
Department of Radiology, 1915
Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, 1955
Department of Surgery, 1893
Department of Urban and Environmental Policy, 1973
Department of Urology, 1910
Dental Health Sciences Building, 1969
Dewick, Cora Alma (Polk), 1875-1977
Dewick/MacPhie Dining Hall, 1959
Dickson Professorship of English and American History, 1913
Dirlam, Arland A., 1905-1979
Dog Cart, 1900
Dolbear, Amos Emerson, 1837-1910
Donald A. Cowdery Memorial Scholarship, 1946
Dr. Benjamin Andrews Professorship of Surgery, 1987
Dr. Philip E. A. Sheridan Prize, 1977
The Drug Bust, 1970
Dudley, Henry Watson, 1831-1906
Dugger, Edward Jr., 1919-75
Durkee, Frank W., 1861-1939
Durkee, Henrietta Noble Brown, 1871-1946
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